Family of missing Keystone Heights woman says she could be in danger

By: Deanna Bettineschi , Action News Jax

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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. - Family friend Ruby Johnson Easterling has been driving around Northeast Florida passing out flyers with Jordan Cooper's face on them.

“I’ve been handing them out and sending them to businesses in Jacksonville and Palatka and all around Gainesville this morning,” Johnson Easterling said.

Her family and friends haven’t seen her since this weekend and are worried she could be in danger.

On Thursday, Action News Jax spoke on the phone with her cousin.

“Whether she left on her own or she didn’t if she will at least come forward if she can hear us,” Michael Perry said.

Perry gave some information about what detectives are looking into.

“At this point, and time all we really know is that law enforcement does have a couple leads that they’re working on, but nothing specifically and that  it has something to do with an online chat room,” Perry said.

Clay County Sheriffs deputies say at this point they don’t believe there’s been foul play, but they are searching the woods near her home.

“These are the areas that we have found out that she either walked, went to those kind of things. She wasn't known to actively leave her home,” said Clay County Sheriffs Deputy Sgt Keith Smith.

Deputies say people living nearby should check their backyards to make sure nothing looks suspicious.

And while they also say people should continue to pass out her flyer and share her picture, they’re not asking people to join the search just yet because it could interfere with their investigation since they do have dogs out sniffing for clues in the area.

The search resumes at 8 a.m. Friday.

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